Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The construction of the Basilica occurred in two campaigns: 1806 to 1810 and 1817 to 1821. It was then the only Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States, and it rivaled the U.S. Capitol in size, scale and architectural sophistication. Unlike the Capitol, however, the Basilica never suffered from fire or other major damage so that today it retains much of its original, Latrobe-designed, building fabric, inclu